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John McKay

I'm a 25-plus-year radio veteran with a passion for talk radio and democracy. I grew up in Tri-Cities and studied journalism at Whitworth University. I love sports, particularly the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. I threw hammer and played college ball. I've been at Newstalk since 2005. Very lucky, because the wife loves football and NASCAR as well! Five great wonderful kids, ranging from 26 to 7 years old.
EPA under fire for attack on Northwest Farmers  (Getty Images)
EPA under fire for attack on Northwest Farmers (Getty Images)
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Rep. Newhouse Demands Investigation Into Northwest Anti-Farmer EPA Campaign

You may have heard of the "What's Upstream" campaign that was launched by money from the Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 (The Pacific Northwest) that many say was a cleverly disguised attack on farmers, ranchers and other ag producers by environmental groups. Now, there's evidence taxpayer money was used to fund the effort, in violation of federal laws.

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Yakima stops asking about immigration status (Townsquare Media)
Yakima stops asking about immigration status (Townsquare Media)
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Yakima Abandons Policy of Asking People About Immigration Status

According to some reports, it's a moot point, as the Yakima Police Department has already stopped doing so. But now the city has formally done away with the ordinance that looked into whether people are here in the U.S legally.

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Possibly, no more pokey Oregon drivers (VCG via Getty Images)
Possibly, no more pokey Oregon drivers (VCG via Getty Images)
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Holding Up Freeway Traffic in Left Lane? Oregon Now Might Fine You $250

Oregon's not exactly known as the land of great drivers, at least when it comes to NOT driving like a snail. In fact, a report from Progressive Insurance's Snapshot program shows Beaver state drivers are among the pokiest in America. But the legislature might be prodding them along.

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Accident scene in Hermiston, looking east where truck headed after collision (Google Street View)
Accident scene in Hermiston, looking east where truck headed after collision (Google Street View)
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Bike Rider Dies After Being Hit by Semi Truck In Hermiston

Authorities are hoping area video surveillance footage will help them figure out what happened. But a 55-year-old man is dead after a collision with a semi-truck at Highway 395 and Elm Streets Monday night.

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Hotels trying to make money of eclipse tourists cancelling reservations, raising prices (Getty Images)
Hotels trying to make money of eclipse tourists cancelling reservations, raising prices (Getty Images)
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Are Oregon Hotels Gouging Consumers With Sky-High ‘Eclipse’ Rates?

So, you booked a room several months or weeks ago, or even in late 2016, because you knew Oregon was going to be the best place to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse coming in August. But then you find out the hotel cancelled your reservation, and now wants $500, $800, even $1,000 more for the room. Is that legal?!?

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